Stucco portrait of an Unknown Noble [June 19, 2004]

"One of the most affecting and humanistic of personal portraits created by the Maya, this face was once part of an architectural facade, probably set high above the ground. In this context it is likely to depict one of Palenque's rulers. The master stucco artisan has captured a meditative and serene physiognomy that nevertheless suggests intelligence and concentration."

Mary Miller & Simon Martin, Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya, p. 216